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Red Dog Grill
Red Dog Grill is Heritage Harbor Ottawa's new full service restaurant, and they encourage you to share your favorite pet stories over dinner - the restaurant is named for Sam the red rescue dog. Featuring Friday night family movies and Saturday night live music.
The Skydive Chicago® Summerfest is the summer boogie to be at! This coming year will mark the 14th anniversary of Summerfest and will be the host of the 2015 Vertical World Record Attempts, July 28-31. The event continues to grow with each passing year. As always, there will be plenty of aircraft to choose from, world class organizers for all levels, vendors, and parties to keep you moving all day and night. Stay tuned for registration information, events, load organizers, vendors and entertainment. You will not be disappointed!
The Aurora Area's Culinary Champion for best steak! The setting and ambiance are 1930's classic Hollywood, but the culinary experience is fine contemporary dining. With USDA prime beef and delicious seafood creations, plus rich pastas, fresh salads, and an award-winning selection of wine, it’s no wonder Fairbanks was named Best Casino Fine Dining Restaurant by the readers of “Midwest Gaming & Travel.”
Riverfest Taste of Ottawa
Let's rock on the river! LaSalle County’s largest festival, Ottawa’s Annual Riverfest, celebrates summer with a bang! Carnival rides, art shows, craft and flea markets, kids activities, sidewalk sales, music and the now famous Taste of Ottawa all come together at the fest. You are sure to find something for everyone! Visit their website for everything this fest has to offer.
2015 Dog Days of Summer - Red Dog Grill
Red Dog Grill is Heritage Harbor Ottawa's new full service restaurant. Saturday Evenings 8-11pm, Memorial Day to Labor Day, is music under the tent. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs. Outdoor bar will be open. See website for full schedule.
Marseilles Fun Days
This is a week long summer family festival celebration. Marseilles Fun Days Committee decided to bring the festival back centered around one of the city's premier annual events, The Marseilles Fireman's Car Cruise. The cruise will be part of a busy Saturday, July 18. Fun Days itself will take place Monday, July 13, through Sunday, July 19. Additional festival information is available at the Marseilles Fun Days Facebook page.
Music in the Park
The City of Ottawa proudly presents their “Music in the Park” Series every Saturday evening at the historic Washington Square Park on Jackson Street. This family friendly event offers a variety of live music for all ages! Don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs, 6pm show time. Rain Location: 807 LaSalle Street.
Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring their 50th Annual Welcomeburger in Washington Square Park! This is the kick-off for the Riverfest! Everyone is welcome! Enjoy food, drink, and live music! The fee includes a picnic buffet, with drinks and admission. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce, Reddick Library, or any local bank. (All RiverFest Events subject to change.) View the website for more information.
4th of July Fireworks
One of central Illinois largest and most spectacular light shows! Our unique venue offers viewing from the high school bleachers all the way to the bluffs along the Illinois & Fox Rivers either on shore or in your boat. 9pm show time.
Big Band Concert by the Del Bergeson Orchestra
Saturday's Big Band Concert will feature the Del Bergeson Orchestra. This event will be held at Campbell's Park, 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Grundy County Chamber of Commerce/Coal City event.
An Evening of Wine Tasting at the Mansion
Enjoy the wonderful Evening of Wine Tasting at the Reddick Mansion! One of Ottawa's greatest treasures. Built in 1858, this three story, 22-room Italianate mansion was possibly the most expensive private home in Illinois at that time.
Donny & Marie at the Paramount Theatre
From recording artists to television stars to Vegas headliners, Donny & Marie are the epitome of entertainment superstars. Just ask any of the thousands of people who saw them light up the Paramount last summer. Now, this duo is back at it in Aurora, and they’re bringing the songs, the choreography and, of course, the charm. With more than 90 years in show biz between them, Donny & Marie are bringing their catalog of chart-toppers like “Puppy Love,” “Paper Roses,” “A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock N Roll” and countless more to the stage. Add in their fun-loving personalities, high-energy style and serious dance skills, and this is one production that’s a total blast for the young and young at heart. Get in on all the Osmond fun, and come see for yourself why, year-after-year, Donny & Marie are voted the best of Vegas.
Freedom Fest at Skydive Chicago
Take advantage of local organizers, entertainment and the famous firework show at no registration cost. Skydive Chicago offers the best entertainment in the Midwest! The 220-acre resort offers camping, canoeing, hiking, fishing and swimming, all onsite.
Family Potluck Campout / Kayak Tour
Bring the whole family to the gourmet potluck campout to kick back and relax! Camp out on the wooded, sandy beaches of the Illinois River. This event is perfect for the first time camper! A full hot breakfast will be served in the morning before setting out on a guided kayak tour for around 2 hours. This trip will explore area rivers and the wildlife along the way! 7/18 & 7/19; 8/1 & 8/2.
Fly 4 Life Angels Camp
This is a great 4 day skydiving camp. Participants will be organized by skill level in groups of 6. Coaches will rotate every day bringing in different flying styles and ways to explain the techniques in practice. 6 jumps per day (more if there is still time). About 40 minutes between jumps. Plan the flight, Go fly, Pack (use a packer), Video debrief, Repeat.
Third Thursdays in Morris
Evening shopping event from 5-8pm at participating stores. Brought to you by Morris Retail Association & Downtown Morris. More info at ShopMorrisIL.com. 2015 dates: June 18th, July 16th, Aug 20th, Sept 20th.
Kayak Float Trip
Wanna be lazy? Grab some fresh air and be one with nature with our all new Floatastic Kayak Trip. You get a pontoon boat ride upstream and then you jump into your kayak and float (or paddle) back to the campground! A great way to informally introduce you to the sport of kayaking.
Father's Day at Raging Waves
Dads, enjoy your day in the sun at Illinois' largest waterpark! All dads are free with an accompanying paid admission or season pass holder. Take part in the CNH Industrial Father's Day 500, where the fastest lap time gets to take home a trophy! Open 10:00am-6:00pm.
Vertical World Record Try-Out Camp
You gotta get through the tryout camp at Skydive Chicago June 19-22, before moving on for the world record! The Record Camp will take place during Summerfest July 25 – Aug. 2, 2015. The camp will start July 28th and will consist of 25 jumps. July 27th will be the official warm up day.
Cross County Challenge
Join the Prairie State Road Runners for a free 3 mile cross country race at the Plainfield Central High School Cross County course. All ages are welcome-adults are encouraged to give this race a try.
Ottawa's Old Town Farmers Market
Ottawa's Old Town Farmers Market is held at Washington Square Park, Saturdays 8:00 am - 12:30 pm, June 13 through Oct. 31. Locally grown fruits, veggies & baked goods, sold fresh and at reasonable prices.
Run for Recovery Jump from Addiction 5k Walk/Run
Join in for this worthy cause. Run for Recovery Jump from Addiction 5k Walk/Run by Skydive Chicago. The 220-acre resort offers camping, canoeing, hiking, fishing and swimming, all onsite. Times: 6:30am - 3:00pm.
Hairspray: The Broadway Musical
Tracy Turnblad is a plus-size teen with plus-size hair, and she has one big plus-size dream – to dance her way onto Baltimore’s smash hit TV show, “The Corny Collins Show.” Every day after school, she and best friend Penny bee-line home to watch the cool kids shake the rafters to the hottest tunes on Collins’ program. When a dance slot opens on the show, Tracy gets help from her friend Seaweed, who puts enough groove in her step to win that dream role – and life is never the same again. But Tracy doesn’t rest on her stardom, instead she uses her new celebrity to racially integrate the TV show and change the lives of Baltimore folks forever.
Annual Gus Macker Three on Three Basketball Tournament
Gus Macker teams up with nostalgia, history in Morris, IL, 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. This will be the 13th year of Gus Macker 3-on-3 in Morris, IL, which is a nostalgic slice of America nestled along the 96-mile I and M Canal that connects the Great Lakes to the Mississippi River. Gus likes to think the I and M mean Incredible Macker site, though it really means Illinois and Michigan Canal. In essence, both are true. It is a tremendous and welcoming stop along the historic canal, as well as an incredible Macker site. Abraham Lincoln reportedly received a haircut during a visit to Morris, but that's just a footnote or maybe headnote in the history of the nostalgic downtown atmosphere that greets Macker players each year. Registration is right on the Grunday County Courthouse lawn. The courts branch out from there on city streets named for great competition, and all together it presents a basketball festival for gamily and friends. Come on over on June 7 and 8. Morris is located just a little over an hour's drive from downtown Chicago, a lot closer from all the suburbs and that's a short trip to find fun, beautiful parks, quaint shops and wonderful restaurants. Oh, and basketball. A dunk contest, 3-point shooting contest, free-throw contest and a Dream Court for those young dreamers are annual parts of the fun brought to you by the Morris Downtown Development Partnership, Inc., as well as gracious sponsor partners. All age groups and levels of experience are welcome. Just put 111 East Washington in your GPS application. Hey, you could probably get a haircut like Honest Abe. He was tall, and we figure he probably played center or power forward. Registration will be available soon at www.macker.com. Even if you don't play basketball, you can be involved!